‘A dark secret hides beneath the ice’
Operation Napoleon: Frozen Conspiracy is a 2023 action thriller film about a female lawyer who is accused of a murder she didn’t commit. Her only chance of freedom lies in uncovering the secret of an old German WWII aeroplane, long buried deep beneath the ice, before the CIA…
Directed by Óskar Thór Axelsson (I Remember You; Black’s Game) from a screenplay written by Marteinn Thorisson, adapted from the best-selling novel by Arnaldur Indriðason.
The German-Icelandic co-production stars Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Vivian Ólafsdóttir (Cop Secret) and Jack Fox (Riviera).
“Director Óskar Thór Axelsson films the script as a straightforward thriller with routine car chases and gripping moments of suspense. There are also impressive shots of the rough Icelandic volcanic landscape. However, the film also has a less than plausible historical plot line, which drifts more and more into colportage, the more it deals with the crude history of the secret mission…” Film Dienst [translated from German]
“After about the first half hour, the film has reached its length and repeats itself with its pattern – research, escape, research, escape – without the explosiveness increasing significantly. The suspense curve flattens out a bit here, but not so much that you don’t want to know what’s going to happen next. The scheme also wears out because it always works quite well for the heroes in terms of time.” Film Rezensionen [translated from German]
“With a trigger-happy pensioner played by Annette Badland and the laconic farmer Einar (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson), comedic elements suddenly appear that don’t quite fit the tone set up until then. The ending, which teases a possible sequel, then looks completely like an adventure comedy. The initially ice-cold thriller becomes lukewarm action clothes but remains cold coffee overall due to all the well-known set pieces.” 2 out of 5, Kino Zeit [translated from German]
The movie was released in Iceland on February 3, 2023, and in
Germany on March 9, 2023.
In the UK, Operation Napoleon: Frozen Conspiracy will be released on digital platforms by Signature Entertainment on August 14, 2023.
Cast and characters:
Vivian Ólafsdóttir … Kristín
Jack Fox … Steve Rush
Iain Glen … William Carr
Wotan Wilke Möhring … Simon
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson … Einar
Atli Óskar Fjalarsson … Elías
Adesuwa Oni … Julie Ratoff
Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson … Jóhannes
Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir … Rósa
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